Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #254

 Hello, hello! Happy day before Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a good week and that you are ready for the holiday. I know I am ready for it! It will be a nice quiet holiday with just us and the kids, but I am so ready to spend time with them and just relax.

Today I am sharing a card that I made using Sketch N Scrap's November 20th card sketch. Here is a look at the sketch:

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I decided to make a card for the occasion. I used Simple Stories' - Cozy Days - 6x8 paper pad for this card. I die-cut the cute little squirrels from one of the cut-apart cards into a circle and since it already had a sentiment on it, I went with that instead of adding a sentiment to the card. I added a gold puffy heart to the circle to finish it off. 

Since I used a woodgrain for the background of my card, I felt like the other patterned papers were blending in too much, so I matted all of the patterned papers with an off-white cardstock to help them stand out a little better.

This card came together so quickly and I really like the way it turned out. Since it's too late to send it out for the holiday, I think it will sit in the middle of the table tomorrow, maybe with a little note to each one of my family members telling them all how thankful I am for them!

Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog or the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page for more inspiration for this month's sketches.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

FarmQuest General Store Challenge Blog Guest Designer

 Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that your week is off to a good start. 

I am so excited to be popping in today to let you know that I am the guest designer for FarmQuest General Store Challenge blog! If you don't know about FarmQuest General Store - it is a monthly challenge blog where all of the challenges are Anything Goes - with a farm/country theme. There is a huge range of possible topics - woods/forest, farm/ranch, mountains, meadows, orchards, produce stands, camping, fishing, boating on a lake or creek, frogs, mushrooms, wildlife, hiking, and much more. And, you can enter any type of paper craft - cards, tags, bookmarks, ATC cards, traveler's notebook layouts, planners, journals, or traditional scrapbook layouts. The challenges start on the 7th of every month and ends on the 5th of the next month, so you have lots of time to play along.

Here is the card that I made for challenge #10:


I am always in need of birthday cards and the cut-apart paper from Simple Stories Homegrown 6x8 paper pad worked perfectly for this challenge. Those cute little farm animals wishing the recipient a happy birthday are just too cute! 

Be sure to check out the FarmQuest General Store Challenge Blog - to see the beautiful projects from their design team. Are you up to the challenge? It's always anything goes with a farm/country theme. Why don't you play along, too?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash November Kit Challenge

Hello, hello! Happy November 1st! I cannot believe that this year is almost over! It always seems like once Halloween is over the rest of the year just flies by. 

It's time for a new kit for Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash Challenge! October was so busy for me, but I did get two layouts made with my October kit. I will keep it together for a while longer before I put it back into my stash. Hopefully, I will get a few more projects done this month.

Here's how this challenge works - On the 1st of each month, we will post a challenge prompt and the stash kit we have created using that prompt. During the month we will try to use as much of our stash kit as possible on different projects.  This year we have added a bashket challenge to our kit challenge. Every month we pick 10 items that we want to get used up this year in a basket. We try to use as many of those items as we can during the month. If we don't use them all then those items stay in the basket and at the beginning of the next month, 10 more items are added. The object of the challenge is to try to keep your basket from overflowing.

This will be a just-for-fun challenge so there is no monthly prize - but isn't the real prize using up our stash?  We hope you will join us in our quest to bash our stash! If you play along - link up on either my blog or Lisa's blog (or both if you choose) so that we can see who is joining us each month. 

Here is the "recipe" for November:

To create your kit, pull 10 papers, 3-4 embellishments, 5-7 scrap papers, and our focus item for November, which is 12x12 sticker sheets. Remember to pick your 10 items for your bashket!

I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to include in my kit this month. I'm kind of ready to start thinking about Christmas scrapping with all the talk of December Daily going strong right now, but I decided to wait on that until next month. 

For November I am going with two mini-kits - the first one being a more everyday sort of kit, and the second being a fall-themed kit. 

Here's a look at the first kit:

Miss Ada recently got a new bike, and even though I pulled a summer collection, I think the colors are going to be perfect for the photos of her with her new bike. Here's a look at the papers:

I love the bright colors in this first mini-kit and I know it will be easy to use whatever is left over after Ada's bike layout is made. 

For the embellishments, I pulled the 12x12 sticker sheet (our focus item this month), some enamel dots, and wood veneer. I also have a few items in my bashket that I can pull to use with this kit.

Here is my second mini-kit for November:

This mini-kit is full of Echo Park's Fall Fever collection. I bought all of this collection last year and I think I've made one layout with it. it is time to get a little more of it used up!

Here's a look at the papers:

This is the side of the papers that I plan on using, but I may use the other side, as well.

Here are the embellishments:

I have included the 12x12 sticker sheet, the sticker book, a few die-cuts, and some wood veneer leaves. 

I also had some scraps from this collection that I included:

Here's hoping I can get a few fall photos scrapped this month!

Here are the ten items I have pulled for my bashket:

1 - woodgrain chipboard Thickers
2 - enamel word stickers
3 - Dear Lizzy Lovely Day washi tape book
4 - puffy stickers
5 - My Minds Eye chipboard stickers
6 - random die-cuts that I am sure are from an old kit that never got put back in my stash
7 - more chipboard stickers that I have no idea where they are from
8 - more enamel word stickers
9 - gold puffy hearts
10 - old Scenic Route label stickers - only 3 or 4 are left on the sheet

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see the beautiful kit that she has created for this month. 

This is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you do play along and put together your own stash bash kit - add it to the linky below and we will be sure to check it out and cheer you on! Here are the rules:

1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit, and link it below.
2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit.
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2023

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